Though we just spoke to "Supernatural" showrunner Sera Gamble at Comic-Con, there's always more to say about those Winchester boys. When Zap2it caught up with her at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, we asked her the question on every fan's mind. Will we ever see Dean's amulet again?
The necklace, which Sam (Jared Padalecki) gave to Dean (Jensen Ackles) when they were kids, was a staple of Dean's wardrobe until this season, when Dean discovered that he wasn't a part of Sam's heaven and tossed it in a motel trash bin, much to our chagrin.
So we have to know -- did Sam retrieve it?
"Maybe," Gamble says coyly. "I can say that you won't be seeing the amulet any time soon, but I can't necessarily say you'll never see it again."
When Season 6 opens, Dean -- sans amulet -- has been living with Lisa Braeden (Cindy Sampson) and her son, Ben, for a year, believing that Sam is dead. "Last season when we were conceiving the idea of Dean settling down, we knew we couldn't just choose any woman from his long history of women," Gamble says. "Dean's driving force has always been his devotion to his family. He puts family above all else. We knew that no matter what his connection was to Lisa, or how wonderful she was, or great the sex was, it's about family. For Dean it's not about wanting to be with Lisa as much as it's about wanting to be part of a family unit."
If you're expecting Lisa to die a fiery death in the season premiere as a throwback to the pilot, think again. "Lisa will be recurring in the first half of the season," Sera confirms. "She's not just a one-off thing."
Gamble has taken over Eric Kripke's position as showrunner, though he remains in place as executive producer, but that's not the only shake-up in the "Supernatural" writers' room. Fan favorite Jeremy Carver is heading up the U.S. version of the BBC's beloved "Being Human," so he's no longer part of Gamble's writing staff.
"We're so happy for him," she says. "As a fan of the BBC version of the show, it's in good hands. We'll miss him on our show, but we're thrilled for him, and the door is always open, so who knows what will happen. He could be contributing. He wrote some of our best episodes. In fact, I think if you asked Eric Kripke, away from all the other writers, he'd say that 'Changing Channels' is his favorite of all of our episodes."
Kripke has said many times over the year that he'd planned a five-season arc for "Supernatural." Now that the series has moved into Season 6, we couldn't help but wonder whether this is the end.
"We know how we want the series to end," Gamble says. "Right now, we're sort of doing something that not many shows have done in the past, which is to say we've closed out our first story and we're moving on to a second chapter. We're not necessarily approaching it as our last season, but we are prepared for the eventuality. We've got an endgame, absolutely."
By the way, just because "Supernatural" has a female showrunner now, don't expect Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki to be taking their clothes off any more often. "I think the shirtlessness ratio is the same," Gamble laughs. "It's cold in Vancouver! I have to put their health first."